Smarter meters to arrive in 2011

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It is smarter than the electricity meter on your house right now. And Georgia Power will be giving you one in 2011.

The $254 million project calls for replacing all business and residential meters with a Smart Meter that communicates wirelessly to Georgia Power, not only reporting the monthly usage but also signalling when the power is out and when it has been restored.

It means the demise of the meter man, but that's a good thing, said Georgia Power spokeswoman Carol Boatright.

"All of this cuts down on having a field service representative out driving, which will not only cut down on mileage but also pollution from all those vehicles being on the road," Ms. Boatright said. She said the field representatives will be getting other jobs within the company.

Meters will be installed in phases, she said. Eastern Georgia will get them January through April 2011.

Southern Co., which runs Georgia Power, is putting the meters in all four states it serves. So far, 1 million have been installed, and there are 3.4 million more to go. The company is installing 4,500 meters a day.

When the technology is in place, Ms. Boatright said, the meter will be able to help customers manage power consumption by telling them their usage during high-demand times of the day.

Reach Tim Rausch at (706) 823-3352 or timothy.rausch@augustachronicle.com.

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gnx
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gnx 03/12/09 - 02:16 am
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The most important thing

The most important thing about the new meters not mentioned in this article is that billing will be more accurate. No more estimated bills because the meter reader didn't want to get out of his truck to read your meter.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 03/12/09 - 02:31 am
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A good way to collect

A good way to collect intelligence on people as well. Big Brother is watching you.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 03/12/09 - 06:17 am
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gnx, those guys get fired

gnx, those guys get fired very quickly for that!

peebhvac
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peebhvac 03/12/09 - 07:41 am
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After these are installed,

After these are installed, the power company will have the ability to charge you for time of day usage. Peak load times you will pay a premium for.

Batman
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Batman 03/12/09 - 12:44 pm
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peebhvac... hit the nail on

peebhvac... hit the nail on the head. Get ready for peak usage fees on your bill. Trust me it's not about the meterman or pollution. Those are simply consequences of this decision. Sadly elderly people and the disabled... the ones who can least afford it.. are usually home during the hottest part of the day will probably pay more. No pity for the lazy people.

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MtnMan 03/12/09 - 08:03 pm
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New Meter in 2011 ????

New Meter in 2011 ???? Georgia Power is "behind the times"....My humble little home up in the mountains of North Carolina had one of those new meters installed three years ago !! The name of my power company up there is Progressive Energy....

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corgimom 03/13/09 - 09:42 am
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It takes a very unique person

It takes a very unique person to equate automated computerized electric meters with government spying. But I confess. I wake up in the morning and my usage goes up. Then at night I go to sleep and my usage drops. I'm sure the government can make vital use of that information. But nobody is forced to use electricity, buy a generator and then you don't have to worry about the government spying on you.

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